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honor system

n.
An arrangement by which persons are trusted to act honestly and therefore are not directly monitored, even though persons might obtain a benefit from acting dishonestly.
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hon′or sys`tem


n.
a system whereby the students at a school, the inmates in a prison, etc., are put on their honor to observe certain rules with a minimum of supervision.
[1900–05, Amer.]
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Noun1.honor system - a system of conduct in which participants are trusted not to take unfair advantage of others; "the students are on the honor system"
system of rules, system - a complex of methods or rules governing behavior; "they have to operate under a system they oppose"; "that language has a complex system for indicating gender"
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(https://www.gov.uk/honours/types-of-honours-and-awards) According to the honor system OBE has been described as an honor that is "awarded for having a major local role in any activity, including people whose work has made them known nationally in their chosen area."
All cadets undergo trial by a committee composed of their peers to address violations of the honor code and the honor system.
(1) The latest smear comes from an article by Bijan Stephen in Time magazine about a coffee shop that uses a voluntary honor system for payments:
"Honor system" or not, it is quite likely that certain difficult films will get the short-shrift by time-challenged voters.
"Honor System Marketing: Discovering Honesty, Trust, & Profit Amongst the Goodness of People" discusses on how treating one's customers like human beings can actually lead to a profitable business model.
The recycling center operates under an honor system whereby residents are trusted to help save the town money by being cooperative.
was developed to address one of the major challenges of growing skivmish and backyard airsoft has been that players have to use the honor system when "hit." Unlike paintball, players are sometimes uncertain whether they've been "hit." but thanks to Airsoft marking BBs.
Pitt-Rivers's definition has proved popular in part because it manages to capture the inherent tension of life within an honor system: an individual's honor is a subject of constant negotiation; status is determined both by direct action on the part of an individual and by permissiveness or punishment on the part of his or her society.
Ankesh Kumar, President and CEO of appMail[TM], a software company in San Mateo, Calif., feels that most companies still use an honor system. "This, in our experience, allows for subconscious abstention on behalf of the employees--essentially, no checks or balances," he says.
Kirtman told AP: "We're doing it the way Rebecca did it--the honor system."
For a program that relies heavily on the carrot-and-the-slick approach, this plan operates mostly on the honor system. Here's how it works: Year round, $40 is deducted from each employee's monthly paycheck.
A study with both quantitative and qualitative components was conducted with undergraduate teaching faculty at Kansas State University for fall 1999 to spring 2001 to study faculty role in addressing cheating at the collegiate level and faculty awareness of the University's honor system and cheating policies.